WIRRAL PARTNERSHIP HOMES/MAGENTA
Ad Hoc Property Management has worked with Wirral Partnership Homes since May 2010 to protect vacant properties in challenging locations. Magenta (formerly WPH) invested £27 million in rolling out demolition and an upgrade of high-rise blocks of self-contained flats across the Wirral. These flats where gradually de-canted of existing tenants but required short-term presence ahead of the demolition.
The projects have been in socially challenging areas and the aim of the Guardian Scheme has been to provide a presence and element of continuity ahead of the demolition as well as on site Guardians who can give access to contractors on a regular basis.
The fact that the self-contained flats have been in a good condition has meant that they have always proved popular to market. Guardians have been allowed to carry out decorating works themselves to improve the appearance of the flats.
“WPH has been working with Ad Hoc over several years to provide an interim security solution to vacant properties that are awaiting further asset management decisions. We have found this to be a cost effective solution that is more sensitive to the needs of the local community and also provides much needed short term housing solutions to the property Guardians. Throughout the process we have worked closely with staff from Ad Hoc who we have always found very helpful, professional and responsive to our needs. I would have no hesitation in recommending the adoption of this property protection approach”
Brian Seddon, Wirral Partnership Homes